ULifeline: Mental health resources for college students

ULifeline: Mental health resources for college students.

Here is a resource you may find useful at any age, though it targets college students. It provides information on mental illnesses, as well as information on staying well. It provides articles that are clear and easy to  understand. It also has a search engine that finds resources for help on college campuses across the country. A self-evaluation tool identifies current issues as well as offering guidance on dealing with them. Jed Foundation provides the site.



Day For Night: Recognizing Teenage Depression Video

This 5 minute video shows teenagers discussing their symptoms in their own words. It’s worth watching no matter what age you are. What resonates with you?


Parent & Teen Suicide Prevention Video from Mayo Clinic

This video, produced by Mayo Clinic, encourages parents to ask parents and others to ask depressed kids “are you thinking about killing yourself?” gives clear examples of how to speak with kids who are struggling.

Talk to your child. Don’t just let it go if you have concerns. This video may help you talk with your child or teen.

Don’t wait until you ask “why didn’t I do more?”


Mayo Clinic Uses Music Video to Encourage Teens to Seek Help

Reach Out – Preventing Teen Suicide – YouTube.

The Mayo Clinic has produced a music video (about 2 minutes) to encourage teens to reach out for help when they are dealing with stress, depression and other mental health issues. This is worth sharing, IMO.


Teens & Kids Who Suffer From Depression, Signs, Prevention, Parenting and more

Depression Information for Parents, Teens, and Kids

This page provides a range of resources – links, training, brochures, handouts, etc. – for parents, teens and kids to learn about depression. It comes from Families for Depression Awareness. Here are a few statistics about depression from the site:

  1. Depression begins in adolescence: average depression onset age is 14 years.
  2. Teen depression is common: by the end of their teen years, 20% will have had depression.
  3. Depression is treatable: more than 70% of teens improve with a combination of medication and therapy.
  4. 80% of teens with depression don’t receive help.
  5. Untreated depression has serious consequences. It can lead to:
    • Substance abuse (24% to 50%).
    • Academic failure.
    • Bullying (30% for those bullied, 19% for those doing the bullying).
    • Other disorders (e.g. Eating disorder).
    • Suicide (the 3rd leading cause of death among 10 to 24 year olds).

NAMI – Supporting Mental Health on Campus

NAMI on Campus

The National Alliance for Mental Health (also known as NAMI) provides information and support for developing campus awareness of mental health issues. “NAMI on Campus” is their program for college students. Their Web page provides program-related items – education, presentations, etc. – that you can download. More broadly the NAMI organization offers lots of information throughout their site. It is a great resource for knowledge and action!

Cope Care Deal

Cope Care Deal.

Cope. Care. Deal. That is the name of this website that helps teens dealing with mental health issues. The site provides facts and resources that can help in understanding and managing one’s own mental health.

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